The READS Project resource sharing using e-commerce service strategies
VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 6: Electronic Publishing
University Librarian, Monash University
READS Project Officer, La Trobe-Melbourne-Monash
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The READS (Regional Electronic Access and Delivery of Serials) Project is a resource sharing project jointly funded by the Libraries of the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and Monash University, as a tool for managing the extensive cancellation of serials which all three university libraries had to make in 1998, as a result of the unexpected fall in the value of the Australian dollar and the inexorable increase in the cost of serials in the science and technology disciplines. The project makes use of Web-based and e-commerce technologies to deliver a "virtual" collection of physics and chemistry serials (held by at least one of the three university libraries) to academic staff and researchers who no longer have easy physical access to those serials due to cancellations.